Today’s music groupies are a different breed, and they’re all about electronics.
By Greg Barbera
For as long as we can remember, music has been an important part of life. Our world has been filled with ticket stubs, old cassettes, a vast CD library and a few concert T-shirts to boot. But integrating all facets of our music world into our constantly changing lives just keeps getting easier.
Single mom and former raver Sonnie Plakotaris drops off her kids at preschool and then turns her Suburban into a virtual nightclub as she plugs her iPod into the USB port and cranks up Missy Elliot. The song jogs a memory from the past and before long she’s chatting via hands-free Bluetooth® with her old friend Karla.
“As a mom, it’s liberating to have the power of the Bose®† to take me back to my club days,” says Plakotaris.
Ben Davis is a touring musician who just recorded a new CD. Moments after leaving the studio, he was inspired by a song he’d just heard on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. So he hummed another new tune into his smartphone. “I pulled my Volt over, plugged my phone into Chevrolet MyLink’s USB port† and wrote the chords to another song as it played,” says Davis. “Harnessing your creativity in the blink of an eye is invaluable.” Davis then posted the mp3 of a new demo on his band’s Facebook fan page. “The immediacy of social media is a crucial element in building relationships with your fans.”
By day, Peter Johnstone is the art director for a global beverage magazine, but by night he’s a jam band fanatic. Always looking for the next live-show set list from his favorite band Phish, Johnstone is as into technology as he is into music. “One time, I was at this overlook in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just streamin’ through my Equinox’s Wi-Fi† on my iPad,” he says, “when I saw someone post an mp3 from a show I’d never heard. I downloaded it onto my mp3 player and then cranked the sucker as I drove back home.”
Your music, once relegated to your parents’ basement, your portable boom box or your iPod, now not only goes everywhere with you, but you can also share it and store it anywhere … even in your car. Yet it still can be as solitary an experience as it was when you were young. Personally, I like SiriusXM Satellite Radio, because I can listen to the Outlaw Country station by myself without the other members of my punk band knowing. Guess they know now. Ouch.
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Greg Barbera of DadCentric is a dad blogger, beer magazine editor and the singer/bass player for the punk band Chest Pains. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. You can follow him on twitter @gregeboy, tumblr, Facebook and Blogger. Want to know more? Just Google him.